(Press Release from The Ringwald, 10/1/2011)
Sometimes hope and redemption come in the most surprising packages – like a transgendered glam-rockstar fleeing East Germany in pursuit of love and fame. Who Wants Cake? is thrilled to bring the acclaimed rock musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, to The Ringwald this fall season.
Opening on Friday, October 14th, Hedwig and the Angry Inch will play for an exclusive 4 week run at Ferndale’s Ringwald Theatre (22742 Woodward).
This groundbreaking Obie-winning Off-Broadway smash also won multiple awards for its hit film adaptation. It tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt (played by Vince Kelley), an East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation, which has left her with just “an angry inch.”
This outrageous and unexpectedly hilarious story is dazzlingly performed by Hedwig in the form of a rock gig/stand-up comedy routine backed by the hard-rocking band “The Angry Inch.” It’s a rocking ride, funny, touching and ultimately inspiring to anyone who has felt life gave them an inch when they deserved a mile.
John Cameron Mitchell developed Hedwig and the Angry Inch with composer/lyricist Stephen Trask. The show opened off-Broadway in 1998 and quickly became a box-office hit. Following the show’s smash New York run, Mitchell directed and starred in the film version, which garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film went on to a sizeable cult following and has since established itself as a genuine pop culture phenomenon.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens Friday, October 14th and plays through Monday, November 7th at 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights with 3pm Sunday matinees.
Ticket prices are $20.00 for Friday and Saturday performances, $15 for Sunday shows, and Monday nights are HALF OFF the original ticket price at only $10 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at www.WhoWantsCakeTheatre.com or at the theatre box office. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or Visa/Mastercard.
Who Wants Cake? opened the doors to their resident home, The Ringwald, in May of 2007 with Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy. Quickly, The Ringwald became a mainstay of Detroit’s theatre community. Since opening their doors, Who Wants Cake? has been offering up slice after slice of successful shows including Jeffrey, Some Men, The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode, The Bad Seed, The Book of Liz, Rent, Sordid Lives: It’s a Drag! and Thank You for Being a Friend. Who Wants Cake? was named 2009 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit and Best Place to See Local Theatre in 2009 and 2010 by the readers of Metro Times. Read a Ferndale 115 News interview with owners Joe Joe Plambeck and Joe Baily at http://ferndale115.com/nuevo/2011/02/22/2-joes-2-jamies-a-melissa/.